roses among thorns

Early December, early morning and there’s frost on the ground for the first time this season. Not a welcome sight on this anniversary of my Dad’s passing. Looking out at the unexpected icy white lawn did seem fitting for the unexpected loss we felt two years ago as my Dad passed into Heaven. Sitting downContinue reading “roses among thorns”

a fresh start and renewed focus

As November draws to a close and the year that has tried us all in so many ways finally wanes to a close, I wonder what the calendar changing will actually bring for us. I have heard it said that insanity is continuing to do the same thing but expecting different results. If that isContinue reading “a fresh start and renewed focus”

when we don’t feel grateful

{five minute friday: grateful} It’s easy to be grateful when life is going well. When we look around and the bank is full, the bellies are full and the plans are coming to fruition just as we had hoped. Then we can easily give thanks. Or can we? It seems easier to find the lackContinue reading “when we don’t feel grateful”

tending tuesday: diligent tending

Welcome to *Tending Tuesday*, our opportunity to hear a fellow writer’s voice, one who is seeking to encourage others in their walk with Jesus while tending her own life by the Word of God. Meet Twyla Franz… Twyla blogs about her passion, neighborhood missional living, hoping to make it feel less intimidating for others to beginContinue reading “tending tuesday: diligent tending”

from grief to dancing

{five minute friday: grief} Grief. The small awkward word seems inadequate for the weight of emotion it bears on one’s soul. It’s defined as a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond of affection was formed. Multifaceted response indeed. As a six-year-old littleContinue reading “from grief to dancing”